Saguenay, Quebec – Just a 2 1/2 hour drive north of Quebec City, the warm waters of the 96 km (60-mile) Saguenay Fjord merge with the cold water of the St. Lawrence River, creating a krill-rich feeding ground that draws marine mammals and birds. It’s one of the best, easily-assessable whale-watching areas in the world. Base yourself in the French-Canadian village of Tadoussac and head out in a tour boat, zodiac or kayak, or simply watch from shore. Good spots are the park viewing platform at Pointe-Noire, and giant granite boulders on the shore at Cap-de-BonDessire 22 km (14 miles) north. 13 different species of whales that frequent this area. The gentle giants range from the small, chubby, perpetually smiling all-white ‘threatened’ Beluga, who stays year round and number around 500, to the world’s largest mammal – the nearly 30-metre (100 ft) ‘endangered’ blue whale, which has a heart the size of a Volkswagen. About 300 Blue Whales are estimated to be in this region of the Atlantic.
Tadoussac is at the mouth of the Saguenay River, a 3 hour drive northeast of Quebec City. In the News: August is traditionally the best time of the year for Blue Whale sightings. On August 20th one Whale News collaborator reported 10 Blue Whales off the Gaspé coast. Watch for the latest info at whales-online.net. See ‘See the Whales’ for where they are this week.
Saguenay River, Tadoussac, Quebec Canada